Jordan Hicks requested a trade from the Arizona Cardinals because he was told he couldn't compete for one of the team's starting linebacker jobs. The Cardinals selected Zaven Collins with the No. 16 overall pick, the second consecutive year general manager Steve Keim selected a linebacker in the first round.
Hicks was the odd man out.
"I respected the fact that he told me straight up," Hicks said Saturday at Cardinals camp, via ESPN"s Josh Weinfuss. "I respected the fact that he told me he was going to work with me to try to honor a trade. And, so, there's a part of you that respects that, but then there's a part that just wishes you had had an opportunity to compete, which is all I asked for."
The Cardinals are still fielding trade offers for Hicks, who is expected to be in a different uniform come the start of the season. Hicks did hold out of Cardinals minicamp, but arrived for the start of training camp and has participated in practice.
Hicks has every reason to believe he should still be a starting linebacker in the NFL. He started all 32 games for the Cardinals since signing a four-year deal as a free agent in 2019, recording 268 tackles, four interceptions, and 1.5 sacks. The 29-year-old Hicks has 12 games recording 10-plus tackles since the start of the 2019 season, ranking in the top 10 of the NFL. His 268 tackles over the past two seasons are sixth-most in the league.
"I think at this point, I think I've proven that I'm a starter in this league by the resume that I have, by the past two years of being here and showing my leadership, showing my play on the field," Hicks said. "And, so, whether it's here, whether it's somewhere else, if given the opportunity to compete, I think I can have a starting job."